Update on Visiting Birds


We have had below freezing temperatures for 2 days now and the backyard has become a refuge for hungry birds. The flock of Goldfinches has enlarged and has been joined by Redwing Black Birds, Blue Jays, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and a Dark-eyed Junco, along with all the year-round regulars.  I refilled the feeders and covered the ground under them with seed several times.

Because freezes happen so seldom here and rarely keep things frozen for more than a few hours, I completely forgot about providing water until I saw my Yellow-rumped Warbler pecking at frozen water. I quickly put out several containers of water.

I was very concerned about the Hummingbird, not knowing if it would make it through the freezing night.  During the day I had been replacing the frozen sugar water and at first light today,  I hung out fresh feeders.  And happily, the Hummer came!

As I was sitting at my kitchen table writing this post and glancing out of the window at the birds, two suddenly hit the window followed by a hawk.  I guess all the birds are hungry today.  Now the feeders are empty and the garden is silent.  They will come back.




17 Comments on “Update on Visiting Birds”

  1. Deb says:

    Not only the birds so will the warmth.. 🙂

  2. Tina says:

    Wow! Did the birds escape, or where they injured? Or, did the hawk have a meal? A Cooper’s hawk flew into my back glas door last week. I was shocked; that’s never happened. He was fine though and I’ve seen him (her?) since. Stay warm and I’m glad you’re there to provide for the critters!

  3. Ann Coleman says:

    I’m so glad you are feeding the birds in this cold weather!

  4. shoreacres says:

    I was smart enough to empty my bird’s water bowls last night, so I didn’t have to go through the hassle of thawing them this morning, but I’ve had to refill them three times, since they keep refreezing. I need to get after it one more time, and then empty them again.

  5. Christina says:

    It must be a greater shock to the wildlife than to the humans when the weather is so different from the norm.

  6. Happy birds and watcher?

  7. Cecilia says:

    I’m such a big fan of Hummingbirds. Great photos, thank you!

  8. If you feed them, they will come! Glad the hummers came back, despite the cold.

  9. gaiainaction says:

    Very nice to attract and feed the birds, give them drink even, then sit back and watch them or listen to them. A great reward.

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